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International Day of Peace Virtual Panel

September 21, 2023 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am PDT

Join us in this Virtual Panel titled: “Looking to the Future”.

  • China: 9:00 PM CST (UTC+8)
  • London: 2:00 PM GMT (UTC+1)
  • Europe: 3:00 PM CEST (UTC+2)
  • USA (East Coast): 9:00 AM EST (UTC-4)
  • USA (West Coast): 6:00 AM PDT (UTC-7)

Speakers :

  • Ambassador Won-soo Kim, Rector of the Global Academy for Future Civilizations, Kyung Hee University

Ambassador Kim is Rector of the Global Academy of Future Civilizations at Kyung Hee University in the Republic of Korea. He has had forty years of diplomatic and policy experience which began in 1978, when he joined the Korean Foreign Ministry and then moving to the United Nations in 2007 after successfully leading the campaign and transition team for the newly elected 8th Secretary-General in 2006. Most recently he was the Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs from 2015 to 2017. Prior to this, he worked as the Special Adviser and the Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General from 2007 to 2012, led the United Nations Change Implementation team from 2012 to 2013 and then served as the Secretary of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), in charge of the system wide coordination of key multilateral policy issues relevant to all the executive heads of the United Nations (UN) system, including the Bretton Woods institutions. In these capacities, he played a catalytic role in ensuring more effective and coherent response to global and regional challenges to international peace and security, development as well as human rights and justice by promoting the unity of purpose and the culture of working together within the UN system.

  • Amy Malcolm, Auckland University of Technology

Amy Malcolm is Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at AUT and in addition is responsible for the
University’s external engagement including government, industry and philanthropic relations.

She represents Oceania on the World Creativity and Innovation Council, New Zealand on the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and AUT at the Sustainable Business Council.

She is a board member of The Big Idea and the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation at the University of Auckland. In 2011, The Creative Thinking Project at the University of Auckland, with her as the strategic director, was developed; at its heart is the aim to start a global conversation about creativity.

  • Dr. LaNitra Berger, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, NAFSA, Association of International Educators

LaNitra Berger, PhD, is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA and Associate Professor of Art History and Director of African and African American Studies at George Mason University (GMU) where she promotes internationalization through student advising, university service, and research. In 2015, she received the GMU Spirit of King Award for diversifying study abroad. She is an active member of the Diversity Abroad Network and volunteers with Globalize DC. Dr Berger received her BA in art and international relations from Stanford University and her PhD in art history from Duke University.

She is the past vice president for Public Policy and Practice of NAFSA.
As an art historian, her research focuses on the intersections of art and social activism in the Black and Jewish diasporas. In 2018, she designed and led a study abroad course in South Africa called, “Monuments, Museums, and Memory in South Africa” and is the author of the NAFSA guide, “Exploring Education Abroad: A Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minority Participants.” Her first monograph, Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art: Audacities of Color was published by Bloomsbury in December 2020.

  • Dr. Lavern Samuels,, President of the International Education Association of South Africa

Dr Lavern Samuels is a dental surgeon and medical scientist with a special interest in oral medicine and broader public health. Currently, he serves as the Director of International Education and Partnerships (IEP) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Dr Samuels is also the President of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), a position he previously held between 2012 and 2014. Further to this, he also served as the Chair of the IEASA Directors Forum. In addition, he is the Chair of the Southern African Nordic Centre( SANORD), a consortium of 60 universities across 15 countries from the Southern African and Nordic regions. Dr Samuels is also a member of the Board of the International Virtual Exchange Consortium (IVEC) and represents South Africa on the Network of International Education Associations (NIEA), the peak global body for international education associations. Currently, he also serves as a Board Member of the International Centre for Non-Violence (ICON) and the ML Sultan Charitable and Educational Trust.

  • Dr. Evanilda Souza de Santana CarvalhoUniversidade Estadual de Feira de Santana

Dr De Santana graduated in Nursing from the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (1990) and completed her Master in Nursing from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (2005). She was awarded a PhD in Nursing from UFBA (2010) and a Doctorate in the Department of Sociology IV of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2009-2010). Currently, she teaches Nursing Undergraduate courses, and holds a postgraduate degree in Nursing and Collective Health from the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana. Her particular focus is in the area of Nursing for Adults and Elderly Health and Collective Health Nursing, with emphasis on the Experience of Chronic Illness, and Stigma and Health in Vulnerable Groups. She has served as a visiting professor in the School of Nursing of the University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States.

  • Dr. Inigo Arbil Onate, Deusto University, Spain

Since 2019 Dr Onate has been advising on the localization of the SDGs for the City of Bilbao and the Government of the Basque Country Government in Spain, particularly in the process to approve and fund the new United Nations Local 2030 Coalition Secretariat in Bilbao. Since joining the University of Deusto in 2010, he has coordinated the International Relations and Law Degree and currently serves as Director of the “Master’s in international Relations and Business Diplomacy”. He has had extensive experience in peacemaking having served as a junior consultant at UNHCR Bosnia Herzegovina Headquarters in Sarajevo (2000) reporting about the conflict and the possibility of return for refugees and later joining the team of the Gernika Gogoratuz Peace Research Center (2000/2003) as a researcher, in charge of memory recovery and conflict mediation projects in the Basque Country and the Balkan region. During this time he actively participated, supervised by the renowned international mediator Juan Gutiérrez, in the design of the process of “recovery of life” stories of the victims of conflicts in Europe, as a basis for the reconciliation process.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, Chancellor Webster University, United States

President Beth Stroble

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble was named the 11th President of Webster University in 2009, and the second Chancellor of Webster University in 2019. During her tenure, Webster University, a global institution with a network of campus locations around the world based in Webster Groves, has solidified its reputation as a truly global university. The University expanded into Africa, Greece and Uzbekistan and built partnerships with communities and institutions around the world. Dr. Stroble has focused attention locally as well, with the opening of the Gateway Campus in the Arcade Building in downtown St. Louis and opening a new Interdisciplinary Science Building on its Webster Groves campus in 2017.

Opening Remarks: Dr Fernando Leon Garcia, President, International Association of University Presidents

Moderator : Ramu Damodaran, University for Peace



September 21, 2023
6:00 am - 7:30 am PDT
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